Simulation of steady-state flow in three-dimensional fracture networks using the boundary-element method

Advances in Water Resources
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An efficient method for simulating steady-state flow in three-dimensional fracture networks is formulated with the use of the boundary-element method. The host rock is considered to be impervious, and the fractures can be of any orientation and areal extent. The fractures are treated as surfaces where fluid movement is essentially two-dimensional. Fracture intersections are regarded as one-dimensional fluid conduits. Hence, the three-dimensional geometric characteristics of the fracture geometry is retained in solutions of coupled sets of one- and two-dimentional equations. Use of the boundary-element method to evaluate the fluid responses in the fractures precludes the need to internally discretize the areal extent of the fractures. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Simulation of steady-state flow in three-dimensional fracture networks using the boundary-element method
Series title Advances in Water Resources
DOI 10.1016/0309-1708(85)90049-1
Volume 8
Issue 3
Year Published 1985
Language English
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 5 p.
First page 106
Last page 110
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